What do you expect when you go to a late night screening of the Farrelly brothers' new comedy Hall Pass in an American multiplex the size of a shopping mall?

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  • Comment number 86. Posted by Neilg78

    on 30 Dec 2011 16:35

    I think audience reaction can play a big part in the experience of a film, years ago in New York I saw 'Freddy vs Jason' on opening night in Time Square and upon entering the screen, it resembled the opening of 'Scream 2' half the audience were dressed up, when the trailers started people cheered or booed and there was just a great reactions with the audience 'getting' all the 'in' jokes in the movie. In this instance the audience made a mediocre film a great movie going experience.

    I agree with something a previous poster said about the lowest common denominator if your seeing a mega budget hollywood event film, your going to have a completely different audience from a low budget indie or foreign film.

    One of my favourite multiplexes is in Tallinn, Estonia, a massive brand new cinema complex where a ticket would cost you €4 and another €0.50 for a 3D movie, friendly staff and always great respectful audiences.

    Compare that to seeing 'Mission Impossible 4' yesterday back in England with a constant stream of mobile phone lighting up the cinema for most of the film!!!

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  • Comment number 85. Posted by BBCman

    on 23 Dec 2011 06:16

    I wish what you said were true. The cineplex near me had a gang shooting out front recently. Some gang bangers were bullying a boy and when his relative came to defend him, he was shot and injured. Of course they were not caught.
    Inside, it's about as bad with the cell phones and infants crying. You need more visits here. There are no ushers in California for example. It will get worse, too. Why? We have learned to be French "l'individualisme" as they say in gay Paris. I lived in Paris 20 years ago and saw then that the US was following in their cultural footsteps.

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  • Comment number 84. Posted by roystonhazi

    on 18 Apr 2011 06:50

    I am old enough to remember a time before Muliplexes and the Saturday morning ABC Ritz Minors Club which meant a trip to Rodney Street in Edinburgh - just up from Cannonmills or a ten minute walk down from Queen Street. It's completely gone now. I grew up in a rough part of the city and had a choice of the cinema at the top of my street in the afternoon or a fifteen minute bus journey in the morning. I almost always chose the latter as the audience that attended the Rodney Street screenings liked to listen and follow what was being shown and were very well-behaved. In comparison the afternoon crowd at the Embassy seemed to only want a darkened room in which to fight, trip, throw and scream. The ushers never stood a chance. I still remember my first afternoon experience and the sense of shock that it left me with. I never understood why anybody regardless of their youth would not want to watch the film. Eventually I came to the conclusion that it was all down to upbringing and intelligence. Incedentally the Playhouse Theatre just up from Elm Row when it was only a cinema in the '60's, '70's was the darkest picture house I was ever in. If you were late the ushers had to light you to your seat as coming in of an afternoon street you were unable to read the letters and numbers of the aisles or seats.

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  • Comment number 83. Posted by morg

    on 4 Apr 2011 21:46

    @Harry Chown

    come to devon we have some of the lowest wages in the country but have to fork out £8 for an adult or sometimes up to £9.50 (often in exeter and plymouth) to see a film after 5!! and don't go thinking concessions are cheap -students are £6.95!!

    A complete rip off.

    oh, and when i bought two (small) drinks and a standard popcorn in the so-called "savers" deal it left me with 5 pence change from a £10 note.

    Cheap it ain't.

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  • Comment number 82. Posted by Braid7

    on 1 Apr 2011 09:00

    On the (now) rare occassions I go to the cinema, I always go in the afternoon, it seems to be the best shot you have of actually being able to enjoy the film. I agree with other posts who mention that the availability of large screen/HD TV's etc can now make watching at home a more attractive alternative - unless it was a particularly special movie, I'd always choose to watch at home now (lights off, comfy seat, no noisy audience....perfect!).

    I love the theatre and unfortunately this behaviour seems to be spreading into theatre audiences too.

    Combining the two, I recently saw the National Theatre Live broadcasts of King Lear and Frankenstein at my local mulitplex. The experience was even worse as, being a theatrical production, there was no soundtrack, no incidental music and no sound effects to mask the audience noise and a huge proportion of the dialogue was lost to eating noises and conversation...very depressing!

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  • Comment number 81. Posted by demolition99

    on 29 Mar 2011 18:28

    I hate to break this too you but this actually happens in the U.K. too. Cinema chains pay to have their sites audited by 'mystery shoppers' on a monthly basis, checking that, amongst other things, an usher comes into the auditorium and checks the screen at least once during the movie, but ideally every 30 minutes. The results are then sent to the sites via the head office and any score below 90% results in the poor put upon staff generally being berated, or losing any small perks that might come with a minimum wage job until the score improves.

    If after all this you are still not happy then I blame a society that wants the most amount of service/product for the least amount of money regardless of the consequences for other human beings standards of living.

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  • Comment number 80. Posted by iancampbell79

    on 28 Mar 2011 16:12

    Surely if cinemas were forced to refund money to customers who's enjoyment of the film had been spoilt by a disruptive audience it would then become cheaper for them to employ ushers. I can complain about (and receive any refund due) for any other product or service I receive which does not reach a certain standard, why not cinema?

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  • Comment number 79. Posted by Rourkesdrifter

    on 27 Mar 2011 11:39

    Spur of the moment yesterday decided on a mid afternoon performance in a town centre cinema. A miracle happened a row of teens were told by the usher during the trailers to shut up and we never heard a peep out of them all through the film ....Result!
    However why do they make people queue for tickets in the very same queue that people want to order food, snacks,and drink :-( A ten minute wait whilst popcorn, ice cream, and the like was dispensed when all I wanted was two tickets.

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  • Comment number 78. Posted by sagat4

    on 25 Mar 2011 15:58

    Eveytime i go to watch a film in the afternoon the noisy kids/teens ruin it for everyone. They scream, run up and down and leave every 10mins. They made the Adjustment Bureau completely unwatchable for me. I wonder how they can abe afford to buy the tickets and even comprehend what is going on in the movie? i blame their parents

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  • Comment number 77. Posted by mightyquinn29

    on 24 Mar 2011 02:31

    Right that's it I have heard from Mark and read on this blog pleanty of derogative statements against those who work at cinemas (particularly multi-plex's) in the uk. As somone who works at one of these places I have understood many complaints that have been made, just because I work there doesn't mean I support it the prices, adverts and so forth. To those criticisms which I haven't agreed with I have just said "that's their opinion" until now. Mark while I agree with you on other topics, on this one the gloves are off.

    First of all people who work at cinemas don't tend to get a lot of money, like any other unskilled job vacancies are easily filled and therefore people are easily replaced, this is not the surroundings in which a happy worker is usually found. Therefore you are not going to see many people going abover and beyond there job when they do not feel valued.
    Seccondly ushers are not an army, not even in a large cinema are they in large numbers and if they are it is because they are all needed to clean up all of the wrappers, half drunk coke bottles, spills, popcorn, you name it we've found it. We are not asked to check screens on a regular basis because we dont have the time and at the bussiest times when you are most likely to have that group of noisy teenagers we're two screens down cleaning up fifteen piza boxes and bottles of alcohol.

    I could go on and I think I have so just to finish off, you want a good experience where the usher checks the screen, well go to an independant cinema. That's what I do because I know I won't get overpriced and I won't get annoyed by other people because they are there to enjoy cinema and not hang out with their "bros". Oh and if you want to blame someone blame the cinema company's because ushers don't organise shift rota's or cut hours

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